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Snapcraft Action

GitHub Action for setting up Snapcraft


This action…

  • Installs Snapcraft on Ubuntu 18.04+/macOS
  • Optionally logs you in to the Snap Store
  • Allows you to run Snapcraft commands in your GitHub Actions workflows

Note that the more recently created snapcore/action-build and snapcore/action-publish effectively copy the use_lxd strategy (below). Building using this actions still takes ~3:30 min less time than snapcore/action-build.



To use this action, add the following step to your workflow:

- name: Install Snapcraft
  uses: samuelmeuli/action-snapcraft@v1

A full example:

name: My workflow

on: push

    runs-on: ubuntu-18.04

      - name: Check out Git repository
        uses: actions/checkout@v2

      - name: Install Snapcraft
        uses: samuelmeuli/action-snapcraft@v1

      # You can now run Snapcraft shell commands
      - name: Use Snapcraft
        run: snapcraft --help

Log in

This action can also log you in to the Snap Store. For this to work, you need an Ubuntu One account.

You will also need a Snap Store login token. To obtain one, run the following command on your machine:

snapcraft export-login --snaps SNAP_NAME --channels edge -

NOTE: You will need to manually push a package to the Snap Store to get a valid SNAP_NAME first.

Copy that token and add it as a secret to GitHub Actions. You can do this in your GitHub repository under Settings β†’ Secrets. The secret must be called snapcraft_token.

Finally, add the following option to your workflow step:

- name: Install Snapcraft
  uses: samuelmeuli/action-snapcraft@v1
    snapcraft_token: ${{ secrets.snapcraft_token }}
    skip_install: true # optional, if already installed in an earlier step

Build using LXD

LXD (runs-on: ubuntu-18.04) is for now likely the easiest way to get snapcraft to build snaps. This is an alternative to using multipass (GitHub VMs give the error launch failed: CPU does not support KVM extensions. when trying to use multipass).

- name: Install Snapcraft with LXD
  uses: samuelmeuli/action-snapcraft@v1
    use_lxd: true
- name: Build snap
  run: sg lxd -c 'snapcraft --use-lxd'


Suggestions and contributions are always welcome! Please discuss larger changes via issue before submitting a pull request.

Currently maintained by @casperdcl.